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The vaccine donation was made through the international vaccine platform COVAX in close coordination with UNICEF and WHO Vietnam as well as with the Vietnamese Government.
The most recent delivery is the largest German donation of vaccine doses to Vietnam to date in support of Vietnam's vaccination campaign. Germany has already provided Vietnam with vaccines and medical equipment on several occasions in 2021. This delivery brings the total number of vaccines supplied by Germany to Vietnam to over 10 million doses.
The German Ambassador to Vietnam, Dr. Guido Hildner, stated:
„Germany has donated vaccines and medical equipment to Vietnam on several occasions in 2021. With this new shipment of over 4 million doses of BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine via COVAX, Germany continues its ongoing support to Vietnam to fight and overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. The continued high numbers of infections, as well as the Omikron variant spreading at a rapid pace worldwide, show that the pandemic is far from being defeated. In 2022, Germany will continue to show solidarity with Vietnam in the fight against the effects of the pandemic and provide further vaccines through the international vaccine platform COVAX. We can only defeat the pandemic if it is brought under control everywhere. Therefore, Germany and the European Union support the COVAX vaccine campaign for fair and transparent access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.
Rana Flower, UN Resident Coordination a.i. and Representative of UNICEF in Vietnam, said:
“We are grateful to the Government and people of Germany for sharing these life-saving vaccine doses with the Vietnamese people. Global solidarity, the generosity of Governments who have committed funding to COVAX and those Governments who are also donating vaccine – this is what is making the difference as we seek to ensure vaccines reach to every corner of this country and the world, equitably. The vaccines donated by the Government of Germany will help Vietnam in its effort to reach all, including with the booster doses. With the variant Omicron threatening to increase the number of those infected by COVID-19, the Ministry of Health is seeking to ensure that all benefit from a booster dose as soon as they are eligible, as this will reduce the severity of disease experienced, and protect hospitals from being overwhelmed. On behalf of UNICEF and WHO let me thank all the donors to COVAX for their ongoing support, and with Tet approaching, send an enormous message of gratitude, respect and best wishes to the health workers across Viet Nam who have worked tirelessly to ensure the safe delivery of vaccines and the special care of those infected.„
With the delivery of vaccines donated by the Government of Germany, Vietnam has received 51 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX Facility.
The COVAX Facility is co-led by WHO, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), GAVI - the Vaccine Alliance, and UNICEF as a key delivery partner. In 2020, Germany co-founded the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT Accelerator). As the second largest donor to the ACT Accelerator, Germany has provided 2.2 billion euros to date.